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Reading Hypertext Notes

Hypertext Gardens

making use of clickable links
- send us through text
- avoid drowning readers in large passages of text
- reads like a choose-your-path story
- uses the hypertext to provide info to hook those interested

- inclusion of how the site was made, right at the bottom of the intro page: Building the Gardens
- whether the map is useful or not, depends
- shows interconnectivity of the text

sticking with it
- requires some breaks to get through it all
- curious metaphor of a garden, works like one, winding paths
- can find new places, lots of hypertext
- a bit distracting when the hypertext takes you offsite, Chasing Our Tails
- creates an element of anxiety, trying to find everything, afraid of missing things
- sense of disorientation, infinitude
- unsure of true size of text that reader is getting into, can't see how much is coming compared to looking through a physical book, can't really look ahead

Chasing Our Tails
- stark white screen
- business feel to the site
- very different feel compared to the Gardens
- did it need to be linked so close to the start?

- better feel in Gardens than elsewhere
- end page allows you to find what you missed
- hypertext is a space that you can move through freely, unlike paging through a book
- images of nature vs. urbanization, adds to the feel

- garden
- winding paths, don't know what's ahead exactly
- books are made of pages, leaves
- surfing versus browsing
- park = wandering through, can leave at any time
- searching in an open space, no defined borders

Gardens as a tool
- can stop at any time
- consumer attitude

various reading strategies
- can be free as you please, click through links quickly and then go back to read through it all
- orienting to the material
- paratext = what the text is going to be or do; blurb, images, intro and end, text on front and back covers
- value in meaning making, not just making a meaning

- scenic versus construction
- creates illusion of "cutting across"
- getting around walls

placement compared to other text
- kind of confronting Krug
- Krug says to confine text, follow conventions, linearity, permanent navigation, judgment by its cover
- can walk away from Gardens at any point, finding what you don't expect rather than what you were looking for

Reading on the Screen

- lots of compact boxes, compartmentalization
- site looks very business-like, blue and white
- one section of a much bigger piece

- comparison of book versus text
- rather historical in nature

from Computer Lib / Dream Machines

- skim this, do not read fully, use Search for hypertext mentions

from Literary Machines

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